Vashti has yet to fill out a bio.
my latest on the return game: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/916715-has-string-technology-and-slower-surfaces-helped-the-returner-apparently-not
I trust you'll be interested in this: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/911819-the-best-returners-of-the-last-twenty-years
So, it would seem that my account was suspended because of something I said to Vee Jay. I told her I wasn't afraid to be suspended because of it because I was tired of her coming after you the time. Especially after you had written something so heartfelt, I felt she shouldn't have responded as she did.
Anyway, you always write inspirational words on other people''s pages, so I have a few for you:
In 2009, everyone thought Rafa's career was over. They never thought he could return to the top of the game. They thought he would retire. For a while, it seemed possible. But then 2010 came. He took the entire clay season without dropping a set. Won Wimbledon in impressive fashion. He conquered his final frontier at the US Open. He will bounce back from this. He's a fighter, a warrior. He has an indomitable spirit the likes of which the tennis world has never seen. If anyone can rebound from this, it's Rafael Nadal.
Don't ever lose your support or faith in him. He makes you pay by winning everything in sight! Believe me, I know.
I trust you will be interested in this. For some reason, it's not on the site, but only in the archives: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/860760-rafael-nadal-the-most-important-reason-why-he-will-bounce-back-in-2012
Rafa's Davis Cup performance showed Rafa is back.
Vashti, I was wondering why you and Vee Jay did not show up in B/R after the sad loss. I read a your long message to Vee Jay, it was very touching, thanks for writing such a long console post, I was expecting someone to write something like that to encourage myself. I was literally shocked to see Rafa's serve speed and placement and too many short balls, everything else was working for him. Rafa was the reason I started watching tennis.For all of us Rafa fans, it was a real sad day. There is not much to say till Rafa turns the table against Djoker. My worry is that, Djoker is not invincible, he struggles clearly against others and shows real dominance over Rafa, he kind of worked out strategies against him. His domination of the field, I hope that is not something to stay, because when Roger was dominating like this he was dominating entire field except Nadal and clay. Novak really got lucky at the start of this year with Rafa and Roger on the sidelines, he got his confidence growing, and IW and Miami just lit it up. I firmly believe this will change next year.
Hi Vashti, nice message. I am going to write one article and then I don't think I will write much till 2012.
It is hard times for Rafa fans but I have been through this before in 2009. It was even worse then for I did not know whether Rafa could ever come back. All I wanted for him was to win French Open again.
His becoming No. 1, winning Wimbly and US Open were all bonuses. Then I began to expect too much and so this disappointment.
I will be happy if I see that he can beat Djokovic again at least sometimes and be in the mix for every grand slam along with Murray and Djokovic.
I never did care too much for Rafa becoming No. 1. I want him to be there fighting against great odds and revealing the heart and spirit of a champion as he did when he first burst onto the scene in 2004. Anything more is jam.
Tennis works in cycles -so just ride out this wave.
Novak has being really good, Nadal hasn't been as good -and that's just how it is.
It's not a fan's role to hope for things, it's their role to accept it as it comes.
When you become that, nothing can get you down.
Ultimately, it's not your career, it's Nadal's career.
So don't get down over someone else, because (and this is the crux of it) nothing we do can change whatever will happen.
So just accept and it'll help you move on.
There's probably not that much left in this year for a Nadal fan to cheer about, but stick around. Come online once or twice. Sports is like American Idol -it's entertainment (simply an escape from reality that shouldn't take the place of reality.)
I'll see you around.
Hey. It could happen, the last time I thought he was this vulnerable was in 2009 at the US OPpen, wildly enough he still made the semis - which tells you something. If he gets to the QF, I like his chances to get to the Final.